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Jesus Christ - Son of God! Saviour of mankind! Superstar!

Richard Herring - Son of Keith, a retired headmaster! Once saved a spider that had become trapped in his bath, only crushing three of its legs in the process! Hosted 10 episodes of a chatshow about poker on a satellite channel which subsequently closed down!

At first sight they have little in common. Or do they?

The star of the last year's critically acclaimed Hitler Moustache returns to Edinburgh for his 19th Fringe and incredibly his 27th show. This time he's revisiting and substantially reworking his first and favourite solo work, Christ on a Bike. Now ten years older than the Messiah when he died, has Herring achieved as much with his life?

"Last year the show was about Hitler. This year it's about Jesus. My target audience is clearly Pope Benedict."

As a committed atheist why is Herring so obsessed with Christ? Is he scared he might be wrong to be so dismissive? Does he feel that Christ's true intentions and message have been subverted by his followers? Or does he secretly hope, in his heart that he might be Jesus, back at last, just like he promised, only about 2000 years later than planned?

"I'm not saying I'm Jesus..... that is for other people to say."

Along the way he asks all the great theological questions:

Why did Jesus always call Simon, "Peter"? Was it the same as the way Trigger always called Rodney "Dave"?

What ever happened to the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh? Wouldn't they have made a humble biblical family like the Christs wealthy beyond their wildest dreams?

What happened to Lazarus the second time he died?

How many weeks would you have to attend Roman Catholic Holy Communion before you had consumed an entire Jesus?

"My problem isn't with Christ, but with the hypocrisy of the Christians. Jesus is cool. It's just all the people who follow him are such idiots....he's like The Fonz in that respect."

Combining child-like guile with rigourous academic research, Herring attempts to discover the true historical Jesus, find out why he is all things to all men, discovers a mistake on the very first page of the New Testament and tries to ascertain if Jesus ever really did walk like a lady and wear a bra.

"Hilarious. Makes the Bible something of a comedy classic. One of the highlights of this year's festival."
The Guardian

"For a 21st Century take on religion, the wisest words are written in the gospel according to Richard. ****"

Metro 60 second interview

Interview appeared in Metro on 29/11/11

Leeds Student review of Christ on a Bike DVD

Dominic OÂ’Key gives DVD 5 stars

Interview with TNT magazine

Alison Grinter interviews

Sabotage Times interview

John Rain interviews

Selby Times

Jack Slade reviews COAB

Dundee Courier and Advertiser interview

Jack McKeown interivews 9th May 2011

Blog from Unclekins

Interesting blog about COAB from Christian perspective

Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

Interview that unhelpfully came out the day after my gig in Runcorn!

Interview with Dave

chat about coab and other stuff

Wells people review of Cheddar COAB gig

IconoGlast reviews -

Left Lion interview

Paul Klotschkow interviews -

Independent - My Secret Life

Holly Williams interviews

Chorley Citizen

Kimberley Hall reviews Chorley gig

Manchester City Life reviews COAB

4 star review from Sarah Walters

4 star review in Edinburgh Evening News

Neil McEwan reviews - he's wrong though, those 2 overlong bits are the best things in the show!

Interview with Scots Whay Hae

Alistair Braidwood interviews

Bexley Times reviews COAB

Tim Dickens reviews London COAB

Comedy Central interview

5 minutes with Comedy Central

Times review of London COAB

Clive Davis gives the show 3 stars

Digital Spy interview

Mayer Nissim interviews

Evening Standard review of COAB

Bruce Dessau gives 4 stars to COAB in London

Telegraph review of COAB London

Dominic Cavendish gives 4 star review

Gigglesbeat interview

Andrew Dipper interviews

Maxim interview

Interview with a few errors (eg said I was NOT as big a pervert as Ames)

Guardian review of COAB London

3 star review from Brian Logan

National Student interview

Luke Morton interview

God is in the TV review of COAB

Owain Paciuszko gives London show 4 stars -

Chortle review of COAB London run

Steve Bennett reviews 20/12/10

Manchester Mule review COAB

Andrew Cox and Tom Scriven review COAB at Manchester Comedy Festival

British Theatre Guide

3 star review from Graeme Strachan

Chortle review of COAB

Julia Chamberlain gives 5 stars to COAB - TSC

Three weeks review of COAB

5 star review by Anne Clark

Scotsman review of COAB

4 star review and Hot Show from Craig Naples

Edinburgh is Funny review of COAB

Jay Richardson gives COAB 3 stars

informed edinburgh review of COAB

Jodi Mullen gives COAB 3 stars

British Theatre Guide review of COAB

3 stars from Graeme Strachan

Spoonfed review of COAB

Emma McAlpine reviews the show - but enjoyed Damian's comment too. Very Christian.

Daily Mirror review of COAB

4 star review from John Nicholson

National Student reviews COAB

4 star review from Ian Phillips

Broadway Baby review of COAB

5 stars from Beth Kahn

Evening news review of COAB

Ray Philp reviews the show

Independent review of COAB

Stewart Lee's favourite reviewer Julian Hall gives show 3 stars

List review of COAB

Brian Donaldson disappointed with show 3 stars

Spoonfed interview about COAB August 2010

Emma McAlpine interview about COAB

South Wales echo on COAB non-controversy

Kathryn Williams reports -

Bristol Evening Press interview

interview with Bristol papter - I don't know what meta-nihilistic means, my guess is I said Messianic
Christ on a Bike DVD sleeve

Christ on a Bike DVD sleeve

The sleeve for Christ on a Bike designed by Stephen Newman with photo by Steve Brown. Plus the design for the discs themselves, also designed by Stephen Newman

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Christ on a Bike Programme

PDF of the 2010-11 charity programme given out at all my shows.


Dundee Courier and Advertiser

Article about Christ on a Bike


Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire Evening Post

Father Timothy Lipscombe reviews the Chorley show.


Time Out - The Night I Died

Time Out - The Night I Died

My second contribution to this Time Out column.


4 star review in Metro

4 star review in Metro

Sharon Lougher reviews London run of COAB.


Times COAB preview 18/12/10

Times COAB preview 18/12/10

Dominic Maxwell previews COAB London run


Times piece

Times piece

Article for the Times printed on 18/12/10


Christ on a Bike script

This is the script for my 2001 solo show Christ on a Bike. This is the version I did at the Arts Theatre in Soho.